Fight For Liberty

By Michelle Hohmeier

Ed Martin loses the U.S. House seat to Russ Carnahan, and who will Martin followers blame? The first will be those of us, who voted Constitutionally. They will say we wasted our vote, we took votes away from Ed Martin. But in reality, the people that lost were those, who are Constitutionally minded but voted for Ed Martin because he was “the best chance to beat Russ Carnahan”. You have compromised your integrity, your beliefs, your country. Those of us who voted Constitutionally did so because we believed our candidate, Nick Ivanovich, was the best man for the job. We didn’t vote for Nick because we were afraid. We didn’t vote for Nick because we didn’t like Carnahan. We voted for him because he would have brought us back to Constitutional government. That is a government without tyranny, a government that doesn’t tax its citizens to fund their pet policies, a government that is of, by and for the people. You who voted for Ed Martin but believe in limited government, little or no taxation, state sovereignty, US sovereignty, freedom of speech and religion and all those ideals our Founders fought to give us have given in the pressure of a scared society. You have voted for the lesser of two evils and therefore have given evil yet a stronger foothold in Washington. The American people have been conditioned to vote not for the person, who will stand for our Constitution, but for the person, who has the best chance of beating the person we don’t like. The two party system has got to go. It wasn’t until the Civil War that there even was a two party system. Before that, there were as many as five separate parties with a candidate in the presidential race and each of those parties pulled 20% to 30% of the vote. These different parties didn’t take votes away from the others, they stood for different ideals, which garnered support from like minded people with those same ideals In fact, Lincoln won in 1860 as a “third party” candidate under the Republican ticket. It was only the second presidential election after the Republican Party had been founded 1854, which actually united men from two other parties, the Free Soil Democrats and Whigs, who were against slavery. During their first campaign in 1856, they ran John Fremont. Fremont took 33% of the vote, losing to James Buchanan, a Democrat, at 45%, but Millard Fillmore, Whig, had 21%. It is possible for a new party to enter the political scene and win any election, even for the President of the United States. It simply takes people standing up for the beliefs they hold dear and voting their conscience. Why is it today we have to align with either the Democrats or the Republicans? They do not hold the ideals or beliefs of many people and yet they harvest the majority of the vote. The answer is simple. People are scared to think outside the D and R box. There are alternatives.

It will be interesting to see what happens with this new Republican lead Congress, although I don’t foresee much change. Both parties are headed in the same direction. They want control over the country, over the economy, over the people. I will never be sorry for who I voted for yesterday. I stood my ground. I voted for the man I wanted to represent me. I did not vote for someone to keep someone else out of office. I did not take a vote away from anyone, because had Nick Ivanovich not been running, I would not have voted for Ed Martin or Russ Carnahan. The circles under U.S. Congress would have remained empty. Neither of those men hold my values and therefore would not have earned a vote from me. I continue to pray our country can be great once again. I pray we find a way to restore the Constitutional principles to our political system and our economy. I also pray that the American people open their eyes wider to see that sometimes we are our worst enemy. We cannot continue to allow the government to take care of us. We need to resolve ourselves to stand on our own two feet and take the responsibility due us for the detriment we have brought to our country. We must work to restore the work ethic that made this country the greatest nation in the world in less than one hundred years. It was a time when people had pride in their workmanship. They didn’t do just enough to get it done. They went above and beyond and they did that without large amounts of money or healthcare or vacation pay or sick leave. We must not allow those able to work to indulge themselves in self-gratification simply because the government (the taxpayer) is taking care of them. All of us must put forth great effort to rebuild this nation. Those of us struggling through a difficult time will find the help they need, but not in the form of welfare from the government. We must take care of one another. And we can do this. We have in the past, even in the present. Katrina. The Indonesian tsunami. The American people are the most generous in the world, we simply need to be reminded of that fact. We have become fat and lazy in our prosperity. We are no longer interested in the common good, but what is good for “ME”. The “ME” generation has ballooned into a multi-generational problem. Those “ME” people are now in Washington and they have slowly convinced us “we deserve a break today” and every other day in order to serve themselves under the cloak of benevolence. Let us demand all federal representatives uphold the Constitution, no matter their party affiliation. They swore an oath. Hold them to it. I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. As each one of us as American citizens is also responsible for maintaining liberty, maybe we also should take that oath and keep each other accountable for perpetuation of it.

Mark Twain said: In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a patriot. I am proud to be one of those patriots! Hate me. Scorn me. But for the sake of the country, do not allow the socialization of the United States to go any further! Don’t fall into a sleep of complacency again! Be vigilant! Be vocal! And we can be victorious in our fight for liberty!

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful